Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray invites the community to join him on a Walk to Cure Diabetes next Sunday 7 October at Cotton Tree Park.
Cr OPray said the Walk to Cure Diabetes is Australia’s biggest free event for those who share the hope for a better life for people with type 1 diabetes.
“I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the beautiful scenic 5km walk for a cause, starting in the park at 8.30am and heading south along the beach to Alex Surf Club and back,” he said.
“For walkers who are unable to complete the distance, there will be a bus available to return walkers to the park. The walk route is pram and wheelchair friendly.
“And afterwards the kids will have a blast enjoying the animal farm and jumping castle while you refuel with a coffee and some BBQ tucker. There will also be opportunities to talk to Diabetes Ezy, Terry White Chemists, Podiatrists and Jasper the Jelly Baby.
“Bring your dog, your family, or come alone and join the crowd for a beautiful healthy walk along the Cotton Tree foreshore and help out a great cause at the same time.”
Event Co-organiser – and carer to three year old daughter Freya with type 1 diabetes – Jackie Goldston said the Walk to Cure Diabetes 2012 event was all about raising awareness about type 1 diabetes.
“Type 1 diabetes does not have a cure and is not caused by diet and lifestyle,” Ms Goldston said.
“It’s an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas no longer functions properly and life can only be sustained through insulin via injections (five plus a day) or a pump.
“In the past type 1 diabetes was referred to as juvenile diabetes or childhood diabetes, however you do not grow out of it. It was only called this as it was most commonly diagnosed in childhood in comparison to type 2 diabetes which was historically more likely to be diagnosed in later life.
“There is a lot of confusion between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and they are completely different diseases.
“As a mother of a three year old who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 11 months of age, I had to get up to speed very quickly about the implications of this chronic disease on our daily lives. One of the hardest things has been dealing with other people’s misunderstanding and misconception about type 1 diabetes.
“I am committed to doing all I can to make my daughter’s life as wonderful as it can be but in order to do this I need your help to spread the word and help work together towards one day finding a cure.”